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ERIC Number: EJ901112
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Knowledge Economy and Research Innovation
Bastalich, Wendy
Studies in Higher Education, v35 n7 p845-857 Nov 2010
The "knowledge economy" has been received with considerable scepticism by scholars within the fields of political economy, social and political philosophy, and higher education. Key arguments within this literature are reviewed in this article to suggest that, despite policy claims, "knowledge economy" does not describe a "new" mode of economic production, but a discursive recasting of the relations between ideas and the economy. The article argues that knowledge economy policy discourse undermines older understandings of the role of universities within a democracy, and fails to recognise and support the distinctive and diverse nature of university knowledge innovations. The dangers of allowing economic logic to supersede educational concerns are exemplified with reference to Australian research degrees. Here the focus upon "generic" training to produce "knowledge workers" manifests in an approach that does little to support doctoral students and their supervisors in the actual work of research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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